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Hello, McDreamy: Porsche Design introduces Patrick Dempsey as brand ambassador

Hollywood's own Patrick Dempsey has been selected as the new Porsche Design Eyewear ambassador.

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It's no secret that Patrick Dempsey likes fast cars. Though he might be best known because of his beloved role as Dr. Derek Shepard in the TV drama "Grey's Anatomy", Dempsey's real passion lies in the motorsports world where he's known for racing in legendary events including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Rolex 24 at Daytona, and the SCORE Baja 1000. Both sides of Dempsey's professional life are what Porsche Design is hoping to capitalize on, signing him as the company's new Eyewear ambassador.

In a statement, the company said, "Be it as an actor, director, race car driver or athlete, Patrick Dempsey has always followed his vision and continuously strives for the best in himself and all of his projects. Thanks to his likable and authentic personality, he is the ideal brand ambassador for Porsche Design Eyewear."

Patrick Dempsey Patrick Dempsey is known nearly as much for his motorsports passion as he is for acting.Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

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The 2021 Porsche Design Eyewear image campaign, featuring Patrick Dempsey, will highlight four models of the brand's new sunglasses and prescription glasses. Some models employ Vision Drive technology, a lens polarization effect and UV400 protection that makes the appropriate for most all weather conditions while driving. The company's new P'8688 A Liquid Titanium sunglasses have the lenses as well as a 100 percent ultra-light titanium frame.

"Porsche has always held a special place in my life. Whether as a race car driver or co-owner of a racing team, the brand radiates a special passion for me and the feeling to strive for top performance, which I always felt connected to. I am very happy to be part of the lifestyle world of Porsche Design outside of motor sport and to represent Porsche Design Eyewear as a brand ambassador in 2021," said Patrick Dempsey.

Porsche Design glasses are currently available in stores and online. Porsche Design sunglasses start at $300 at NiemanMarcus.com while the Vision Drive collection starts at $635 at Porsche-design.com.

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This gorgeous 911 sports a rebuilt title.

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Values of even less desirable Porsche 911 models have skyrocketed in recent years, but the early- to mid-1990s cars have always been special. This one falls well within the parameters, though it's got a backstory that will turn many buyers away. This 1991 Porsche 911 has a rebuilt Texas title, and as one commenter noted, the issue could be the result of a collision with a deer.

Rebuilt title or not, this car's quite the looker. It wears Grand Prix White over black leather, and it feature power windows and exterior mirrors, a sunroof, and a unique Turbo body kit. It has been modified, although lightly, with 18-inch wheels, power front seats, and a new stereo system. Under the rear engine cover lies a turbocharged 3.3-liter flat-six that makes 315 horsepower. It's connected to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual transmission.

1991 Porsche 911This is one of the most iconic sports car silhouettes ever.Cars and Bids

This car's apparently flaw-free appearance hides the rather nasty fact that it has a rebuilt title. A detail-oriented commenter on the auction mentioned finding information on the car's damage, including repairs performed after a collision with a deer and subsequent hair removal. We'll let you decide how that impacts your feelings on the car.

1991 Porsche 911The interior looks untouched, though those are replacement seats.Cars and Bids

If it's any indication of how valuable a good condition example of this car would be, it was bid to $95,000 with a rebuilt title and still didn't meet the reserve price. While it's a bummer for those hoping their bid would be the one, cars like this do occasionally pop up without deer damage, so it's worth keeping your eyes open.

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The IIHS may increase the speeds it uses to test advanced driver aids.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently announced that it is considering changing the speeds it uses to test vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention systems. The agency currently tests the systems at 12 and 25 mph, but says that the speeds don't accurately represent the types of crashes the safety tech is meant to prevent.

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Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is designed to notify of a possible collision and help respond with automatic application of braking. Just like a human using the brake pedal, it can stop the car, but higher speeds make it difficult to stop in time. The new tests would be conducted at 35 to 45 mph, which is the range where a large number of rear-end crashes occur. As Automotive News noted, an IIHS study showed 43 percent of rear-end crashes occur at speeds of 45 mph or less, so it's important to have a test that shows how well the tech performs at those levels.

A whopping 85 percent of 2022 vehicles earned a "Superior" rating in the current testing regime, so the IIHS will remove it from 2023 testing and Top Safety Pick award evaluations. Their view is that, since the majority of vehicles meet the criteria, it's no longer an accurate way of evaluating performance. In its place, the agency introduced a night test for automatic emergency braking systems that will begin next year.

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